Lawrence Spence sworn in as new state representative

January 24, 2020 GMT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Akasha Lawrence Spence was sworn in Friday as the newest member of the Oregon House of Representatives.

A Democrat from District 36, she now represents much of Portland’s west side in the House. The Multnomah County Commission chose her to replace former House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, who resigned late last year to run for Secretary of State.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that county commissioners picked Lawrence Spence in part because she agreed not to run for the seat, which is being heavily contested in the May Democratic primary and will be decided in November.